Inside every smartphone is a processor, but unlike your desktop or laptop computer, it’s not a single, discreet chip. Instead, smartphones employ something called a “system on a chip”, or SoC for short. Over the years these chips have gotten smaller, faster, and have incorporated more features and functionality. This time around it’s the Snapdragon 800 from Qualcomm that’s caught our eye.
Snapdragon 800 Processors are designed to deliver amazingly fast apps, stunning graphics, all without sacrificing battery life. If that sounds like every other SoC [...]
At first we thought the Japanese were just lucky to be getting a 2GB version of the Samsung’s Galaxy S III. Then we found out that the Canadians were getting one and we had to scratch our heads.
Sure, there’s a trade-off. For the extra RAM it looks as if you’ll have to drop from a quad-core Exynos chip to a dual-core Snapdragon S4. This raises a few questions…Do we need 2GB RAM on our smartphones?
There’s a fine line between “want” and “need”. We covered that in a previous article, so we won’t go into it here. [...]
If the rumors we’re hearing today about smartphone delays are accurate, we’re going to be looking at a lot of handsets coming out quite a bit later than we’d like. We just looked at Nokia’s Lumia 900 and the theory that it wouldn’t land at AT&T until late April. That was bad enough, but this next rumor has the potential to affect a whole lot more smartphone customers.
Supposedly, semiconductor manufacturer TSMC in Taiwan abruptly halted fabrication of chips made with a 28-nanometer process sometime last month. The details on just why it may [...]